Mike Amezcua, Northwestern University and Andrew Sandoval-Strausz, University of New Mexico
3 to 5 pm
“Out in the Cold: Urban Radicals, Deportations, and the Mexican Great Migration in Early Cold War Chicago”
Mike Amezcua, Northwestern University
“Latino Landscapes in Chicago: Transnational History, Architecture, and the Origins of a New Urban America”
Andrew Sandoval-Strausz, University of New Mexico
My article-in-progress uses the history of the South Lawndale community area on Chicago’s West Side as a case study of the Latinization of the U.S. landscape. The historiography of urban America since 1950 remains bounded by the nation-state even after forty years in which the most important forces acting on cities have operated across borders. I argue that the past few decades have seen a transnational transformation of American cities that calls for a new phase in urban history—one in which Latinos take their place at the center of a revised and decentered narrative of national and international development.
Commentator: Ralph Cintron, University of Illinois at Chicago
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